The Village Green: Comments, Notes, and Other Marginalia


Welcome to the new home for reflections and ruminations Medieval and Renaissance, from the aphorism to the treatise.*


To contribute a feature to The Village Green, please email


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* “Reflections and ruminations Medieval and Renaissance” is broadly construed to encompass the period from Late Antique to Early Modern, or its local equivalent, in all parts of the world; and to include the following discursive modes:

  • Glosses, translations, and scholarly queries
  • Commentary, ideas, notes, jottings, observations, and all manner of cogitations
  • Conundrums and Paradoxes, Points to Ponder, Things Spotted (and Unspotted)
  • Questions, issues in research, requests for information and help (where to find something, how to access a certain resources, where one might find more information on a given topic)
  • Lengthier pieces of writing
  • Discussion about forthcoming activities of a verbally performative sort. Including but not restricted to talks, lectures, conferences, colloquia, workshops, and seminars. And commentary thereon once they have occurred.
  • Discussion about forthcoming activities of a written and published nature, rather than of a performative sort. Calls for papers for books and journals. Announcements of forthcoming publications. Launches. Prizes and awards ceremonies. News, previews, reviews. And, again, postmortem commentary. [back up to the top][Material by former Admin a.k.a. Juliet O’Brien is now on Meta meta medieval, in case you’re looking for Tangents du jour and others of that ilk]

12 responses to “THE VILLAGE GREEN

  1. I’ll start the ball rolling with some comments on the curious coincidence between Dante’s grammatica in the De Vulgari eloquentia and its expression in earlier or contemporary Catalan and Occitan poetics treatises. And what implications my be seen, conclusions drawn, etc. This is out of my doc. diss., so two years old and already Out There in the big bad world.

    Here is a link to the De Grammatica post itself.

  2. Thanks! Really amazing. I wish i could spend my time on writing articles…just have no time for it.

  3. John – needn’t be articles. Short and sweet is actually preferable!
    Watch this space for further balls (of assorted sizes, and possibly varied shapes) being set rolling…

  4. Carrie Griffin

    On behalf of Lorraine Foley

    “I am a student of horticulture and researching for my final year thesis on monastic gardens in Ireland. I live near Trim, Co. Meath and so my attention is on Newtown abbey there. I would love any information that may support my idea that monastic and herbal gardens were in that location and also source the type of plants used in that era. Are there any records or archaeology studies on this subject?

    I would be very grateful for any information at all. I have read much material but I cannot support my ideas yet.”

    Please leave comments for Lorraine here, or contact her through one of the coordinators.

  5. A friend just told me about this website. I am happy to see that more academics establish platform such as this one to foster knowledge and scientific cooperation. I thought you might be interested by our own initiative, at
    Our site is mostly in French (but we are working on internationalization) and centered on the Renaissance Period, but we would be happy to forward any announcements, calls for papers or simply contacts.
    I will soon post a brief article about this website on Panurge. Feel free to ask for an access if you like to expand it.

  6. Ann

    I have been looking for an e-mail address for Lorraine Foley but she doesn’t seem to appear in our list of members. I thought she might be interested in the early modern gardens network conf. at Trinity next Nov. Can one of you help with her contact details?



  7. Ann

    PS You may remember she contacted us early on and Carrie put her announcement in the 1st issue of ‘Cuttings’ (p. 4).


  8. Ann – I emailed you about this.
    1. Look to the top right of any page on this site, just above MAIN MENU. You’ll see SEARCH. It’s like using Google, but just on the FMRSI.
    2. Type requisite terms (i.e. lorraine foley) into the box.
    3. Click on the FIND button just below the box.
    4. The results will appear (including what you were looking for, in this case.)

  9. (P.S. And she’s not a member, as may be ascertained by going to the PEOPLE page …)

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  12. will Beavan

    Hi, im trying to find when piper became differentiated from fifer to mean 2 distinct types of musician. I know they both have the same germanic root though the piper is from latin originally. High german split and the P became F gradually in ‘Germany’ , but this didnt happen in Britain I gather . So presumably fifer was introduced at some point to the language , when?
    Also in medieval Irish what were pipers called ?
    For example the 2 translations of the Statutes of .Kilkenny use piper, but were these reliable translations? I know its a mix of Anglo norman and Irish .Whats the modern consensus?
    And in the Brehon laws , is the 1850 translation still in use ? or is there a more recent setting?
    Was fifer ever used to describe a piper and vice versa ?
    Thanks and I hope to be involved in your discussions at some point maybe . Cheers

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